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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ridge Meadows Dish

April 19, 2012

The "Quick" and the "Canuck"
Stanley Cup Playoffs

The return of Vancouver Canuck Daniel Sedin to the ice Wednesday night was just what the team needed to find the answer to the question that is goalie Jonathan Quick.

The Canucks struggled in their first three games with Los Angeles without the famed dynamic twin. With some miscues in the net and a team that was playing a game of pond hockey rather than a Stanley Cup Playoff game. Adding Cory Schneider to the pipes, gave added momentum to the floundering Canucks.  In Wednesday night's game, the Canucks looked cohesive and were finishing their checks with power and force. For the first time in their series against the Kings, they looked like the top team in the League.

Schneider, who is a starting goalie in any light, stood tall in the net allowing only one goal in 45 shots. A constant flurry of shots didn't phase Schneids as the Kings were left dazed and confused dropping 3-1 and forcing a game five.

Coach Alain Vinngeau needs to way the odds of pulling a hot goalie in lieu of Lou. The big question on everyone's mind is whether or not the winning will continue if Roberto steps back in the net. While everyone is in agreement that Louongo will make his way back between the pipes, there is some debate as to when.

The Vancouver Canucks are facing a tough uphill battle to stay in the playoffs as they face the Los Angeles Kings in game 5 on Sunday

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